Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Abstract: Women fleeing severe domestic violence have been seeking asylum in the United States for at least 20 years. Yet the legal system has been reluctant to understand domestic violence as occurring “on account of” gender or to see domestic violence victims as deserving asylum-seekers. This Note critiques the weak legal framework that now exists for domestic violence asylum claims and proposes a novel regulatory reform to put such claims on firmer footing. The Note’s proposed reform would not only provide meaningful relief to many asylum-seekers but also be a significant symbolic statement of U.S. commitment to women’s human rights.